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speedr3436

FL, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • 20 reviews
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  • 3 purchased in 2014
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  • Replay

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Ken Grimwood
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    Overall
    (930)
    Performance
    (585)
    Story
    (592)

    In 1988, 43-year-old Jeff Winston died of a heart attack. But then he awoke, and it was 1963; Jeff was 18 all over again, his memory of the next two decades intact. This time around, Jeff would gain all the power and wealth he never had before. This time around he'd know how to do it right. Until next time.

    Jonathon says: "Entertaining and more than worth the price!!"
    "Great book!"
    Overall

    I remember reading this book when I was a teenager. I think it has some very good life lessons in it. It was great "reading" it again. Audible books are awesome!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Naughty in Nice: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1736)
    Performance
    (1518)
    Story
    (1493)

    Lady Georgiana Rannoch has once again been called into service by Her Majesty the Queen. This time she's sent to Nice on a secret assignment that's nothing to sneeze at: recover the Queen's stolen snuff box. As much of an honor as it is to be trusted by Her Majesty, an even greater honor awaits Georgie in Nice - as Coco Chanel herself asks Georgie to model her latest fashion. But when a necklace belonging to the Queen is stolen on the catwalk, Georgie has to find two priceless items-and solve a murder. How's a girl to find any time to go to the casino?

    Lindsay says: "Lots of good fun"
    "I want more! These books absolute gems..."
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    Georgie's task for the Queen this time takes a decidedly spooky turn and prim, proper, stable Georgie faces danger with grace and aplomb. I absolutely love how she handles difficult situations. Congrats to Rhys Bowen for creating such an exciting series with highly likeable characters. The narrator does an EXCELLENT job with all the voices and I'm so happy I bought all six books on sale. I will definitely buy more from this author. Quite enjoyable!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Her Royal Spyness: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (4138)
    Performance
    (3518)
    Story
    (3502)

    Georgie, aka Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, cousin of King George V of England, is penniless and trying to survive on her own as an ordinary person in London in 1932. So far she has managed to light a fire and boil an egg... She's gate-crashed a wedding... She's making money by secretly cleaning houses... And she's been asked to spy for Her Majesty the Queen.

    Coffee Lover says: "Joy, Joy, Joy!"
    "Pure unadulterated fun!"
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    Would you listen to Her Royal Spyness again? Why?

    Well written with many laugh out loud moments. Kept me entertained throughout. Definitely worth a second, third, and fourth listen if you ask me!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Her Royal Spyness?

    Every minute.


    Have you listened to any of Katherine Kellgren’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I just love listening to Kellgren's voice. I have listened to her in Robin Hobb's books and thoroughly enjoyed those performances too.

    In the Royal Spyness series, she seems a perfect fit for Georgie. She has so many accents that make each character literally come alive. Much better than just reading words on a page. She is consistent and does not make any mistakes in pronunciation. What a true professional!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Laughed out loud in many instances (which got my husband wondering what was so funny about doing laundry).


    Any additional comments?

    I would love to hear more from this author. I am on the 4th book already and have become thoroughly engrossed in this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Grimoire of the Lamb: An Iron Druid Chronicles Novella

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1571)
    Performance
    (1465)
    Story
    (1459)

    When he’s not vanquishing villainous gods or dodging demons, 2,000-year-old Druid Atticus O’Sullivan can be found behind the counter of Third Eye Books and Herbs in modern-day Tempe, Arizona, literally minding his own business. But when an evil sorcerer - and amateur shoplifter - snatches an ancient Egyptian tome of black magic, The Grimoire of the Lamb, Atticus is not sheepish about pursuing him to the ends of the earth...or at least to the Land of the Pharaohs.

    breckoz says: "Novella, Side Adventures Before Book 1"
    "Love these books!"
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    Any additional comments?

    These books are fantastic and the Narrator is really fantastic. There are quite a few laugh out loud moments. Quite enjoyable series...can't wait for the next in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hobbit

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8297)
    Performance
    (7463)
    Story
    (7580)

    Like every other hobbit, Bilbo Baggins likes nothing better than a quiet evening in his snug hole in the ground, dining on a sumptuous dinner in front of a fire. But when a wandering wizard captivates him with tales of the unknown, Bilbo becomes restless. Soon he joins the wizard’s band of homeless dwarves in search of giant spiders, savage wolves, and other dangers. Bilbo quickly tires of the quest for adventure and longs for the security of his familiar home. But before he can return to his life of comfort, he must face the greatest threat of all.

    Darwin8u says: "Victory after all, I suppose!"
    "Background noise on audio."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from J. R. R. Tolkien and/or Rob Inglis?

    If they were recorded in the same studio I may not. There was a hissing in the background on this audio recording. I absolutely loved the Narrator and the book I already knew to be fabulous, but listening with a background noise was killing me. It was made worse by the editing cuts which had no background noise so they were made extremely noticeable.


    Which character – as performed by Rob Inglis – was your favorite?

    His narration was great, he is very talented man with voices and his singing perfect. Loved all his voices.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes, but I'm leery of anything Hollywood puts out lately since they always add sex scenes etc.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Paranormalcy

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Kiersten White
    • Narrated By Emily Eiden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (331)
    Performance
    (183)
    Story
    (184)

    Evie’s always thought of herself as a normal teenager, even though she works for the International Paranormal Containment Agency, her ex-boyfriend is a faerie, she’s falling for a shape-shifter, and she’s the only person who can see through paranormals’ glamours. But Evie’s about to realize that she may very well be at the center of a dark faerie prophecy promising destruction to all paranormal creatures. So much for normal.

    Kirstin says: "Why Did I Wait So Long?"
    "Thoroughly enjoyable for all ages"
    Overall
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    Would you listen to Paranormalcy again? Why?

    Oh yes. Evie totally rocks!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The main character Evie. She is intelligent, quick on her feet, and looks "bleeping" awsome in pink!


    Which character – as performed by Emily Eiden – was your favorite?

    Evie of course! Her vampire voices were hilarious though. Excellent reading overall.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Evie finding out she has been deceived by the people she loves.


    Any additional comments?

    Fast paced book written for teens, but enjoyable for all "bleeping" ages!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (10479)
    Performance
    (9517)
    Story
    (9534)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "Good book, but not sure about Whispersync!"
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    This book was my first Whispersync purchase (Audible/Kindle combo) and I was highly disappointed. While I listened to the audio version I read along in the Kindle version. To my amazement, the Kindle and Audible books did not match! There were many places I had to rewind the audio quite a few times in order to find the place in the Kindle book. Words replaced with different words (same meaning), sentences switched around, sentences at the end of the paragraph instead of at the beginning, spelling of words, etc. There was even a spot where one version said "seven" and the other "six" referring to a time period (this was in the last chapter and by that time I had gone completely crazy trying to follow along). I'd love to know which version is the real Unabridged version??? I got the impression that the publisher used Microsoft Word with the auto-correct options set to default (I call it dummy defaults) and when spell-checking the document simply did not pay attention to the grammar check moving sentences and words around, etc.

    Suffice it to say I will be looking to see if this problem pops up in my other Whispersync purchases or if it was particular to this book. Not so sure I like the idea of two Unabridged versions of an author's work not being exactly the same.... Other than those highly irritating irregularities, I enjoyed the book. It was my first experience with this author and I will not hesitate to buy more of his work in the future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Trapped: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4415)
    Performance
    (4042)
    Story
    (4063)

    After 12 years of secret training, Atticus O’Sullivan is finally ready to bind his apprentice, Granuaile, to the earth and double the number of Druids in the world. But on the eve of the ritual, the world that thought he was dead abruptly discovers that he’s still alive, and they would much rather he return to the grave. Having no other choice, Atticus, his trusted Irish wolfhound, Oberon, and Granuaile travel to the base of Mount Olympus, where the Roman god Bacchus is anxious to take his sworn revenge - but he’ll have to get in line behind an ancient vampire, a band of dark elves, and an old god of mischief.

    Katherine says: "Trapped"
    "Thoroughly enjoyable!"
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    I love this series! The narrator really makes these books come alive. Looking forward to the next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet: Charley Davidson, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Darynda Jones
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1402)
    Performance
    (1281)
    Story
    (1283)

    Sometimes being the grim reaper really is that. Grim. And since Charley’s last case went so awry, she has taken a couple months off to wallow in the wonders of self-pity. But when a woman shows up on her doorstep convinced someone is trying to kill her, Charley has to force herself to rise above. Or at least get dressed. She quickly realizes something is amiss when everyone the woman knows swears she’s insane.

    CAROLYN says: "AS SOON AS I HIT 'PLAY' I WAS TOTALLY ENTHRALLED!!"
    "Charley Rocks!"
    Overall
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    This series really has me hooked. I simply cannot wait for the next book to come out on Audible. The narrator is superb and really brings Charley and all the characters in the book. Looking forward to more from this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • After Dark: Ghost Hunters, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Jayne Castle
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (302)
    Performance
    (200)
    Story
    (202)

    Life is tough these days for Lydia Smith, licensed para-archaeologist. Seriously stressed-out from a nasty incident in an alien tomb, she is obliged to work in Shrimpton's House of Ancient Horrors, a very low-budget museum. She has a plan to get her career back on track, but it isn't going well. Stuff keeps happening.

    Diane says: "Too Much Romance for Me"
    "Enjoyed this book!"
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    This book was my introduction to this author and I will definitely listen to the rest of the series. The narrarator was fantastic and since I've always loved archaeology this book was perfect for me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Discovery of Witches

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9087)
    Performance
    (6618)
    Story
    (6657)

    Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

    Barbara says: "A feast for the mind and imagination"
    "Slow start, but worth listening to."
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    In the beginning this book seemed like a Harlequin romance to me, but I stuck with it no matter what and was happy I did. The last part got me interested enough to get the next book in this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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